I was in popular Irish supermarket, Dunnes Stores, today in Cork City with a friend of mine who was buying alcohol. I never once handled the alcohol that she way buying anywhere in the store, except to maybe hold it for her for a brief second while she got her wallet, but we would have been nowhere near the till when this was done. However, when it came to paying for them, the store assistant asked for my friend's ID which is expected, we're both only 19, but she then also extremely rudely insisted that I show her mine too. I told her that I wasn't buying the alcohol and that I wasn't paying for it, my friend was, however she insisted that it was the law that I show her mine too.
Surely this isn't actually the law surrounding buying alcohol in Ireland, that they have to see the ID of every person present at the till when it's being purchased and she had no right to insist on seeing my ID as well my friend's ID? I wasn't purchasing the alcohol, I hadn't even touched it, yet she was insisting it was the law that I must show her my ID as well even thought I had nothing to do with the transaction.
If that is the case, then surely adults buying alcohol in the company of their own children shouldn't be allowed either, as none of their children have proof they are over eighteen?
I have a strong mind to go back into the store tomorrow and ask to speak to a manager about the whole ordeal. The staff member was very curt and in no way polite about it, but surely this isn't actually law?